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Verity Bennett

Dr Verity Bennett

Research Associate

School of Social Sciences

+44 29206 87640
sbarc|spark, Floor 1, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Research Associate in the Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE), interested in multi-agency approaches to safeguarding children and young people from harm. I am interested in developing statistical techniques and decision-making tools for professionals to help identify maltreatment and enable early safeguarding interventions. I also have substantial experience in evaluating existing interventions, specialising in mixed-methods approaches to implementation and process evaluation, and impact analysis.

Current projects include an evaluation of Police in Schools, funded by the Youth Endowment Fund, and an investigation into the feasibility of using police administrative data to evaluate Action for Children’s Serious Organised Crime Early Intervention Service (SOCEIS) via a quasi-experimental design.

Within CASCADE I have previously worked on The Social Workers in Schools (SWIS) Trial, funded by the Department for Education. The SWIS Trial was a large-scale cluster randomised controlled trial across 21 local authorities in England which placed Social Workers in schools to improve how education and Children’s Social Care (CSC) respond to safeguarding concerns. I was also involved in conducting a CASE analysis to evaluate the impact of implementing Schwartz Rounds in CSC.

My research in the School of Medicine included a study funded by a Welcome Trust ISSF Cross-Disciplinary Award investigating the feasibility of using cutting edge, unsupervised, big-data, text mining methods to investigate parents’ use of social media to discuss burns first aid. Children’s burns are a leading cause of injury in the under 5s, and can be life changing. However only 1 in 4 children attending the Emergency Department with a burn have received appropriate first aid at home. Potentially harmful ‘traditional’ and often bizarre remedies spread via social circles and parents of young children are increasingly using social media to seek and share parenting advice. This study aimed to understand the potential utility of this, as yet, un-tapped data source to inform and improve online interventions to improve parents first aid for burns. This work was conducted in collaboration with researchers in the School of Computer Science and Informatics.

Previously, I have worked on a wide range of research projects in child health including: community and online behaviour change interventions, identifying child maltreatment in health settings and the use of routine data in understanding healthcare service use by children and young people with cerebral palsy. I have a background in analysing complex quantitative datasets, and enjoy cross-disciplinary and mixed methods working.












  • Social Work Research in Action (Doctor of Social Work and MSc Social Science Research Methods)
  • Lectures/seminars on social science research methods



University College London (2009-2014), PhD Evolutionary Biology

The University of Machester (2007-2008), MSc Biomechanics: Distinction

The Unviersity of Manchester (2004-2007), BSc(Hons) Geography and Geology: First class

Academic positions

2017-present: Research Associate, Cardiff University

2016-2017: Research Assistant, Cardiff University


  • children
  • Social work
  • Safeguarding
  • Injury prevention

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